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Knife Pleat, Costa Mesa, CA
Award-winning

Knife Pleat

4.6
4.6
539 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary French
**OPEN FOR LUNCH TUESDAY-SATURDAY 11:30 AM - 2 PM**
**AFTERNOON TEA LAST SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH 11:30 AM - 2 PM (no lunch menu on this day)**
**A LA CARTE DINNER TUESDAY-THURSDAY & SATURDAY 5:30 - 8 PM**
**6-COURSE TASTING MENU EVERY FRIDAY AT 6:30. $245/PERSON WITH OPTIONAL WINE PAIRING**

Knife Pleat is an elegant and approachable French restaurant helmed by Michelin-starred chef Tony Esnault and restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi, who are well-known in the Los Angeles culinary scene. The couple’s chic new restaurant showcases modern, seasonal interpretations of classic French techniques by Esnault, one of California’s best French chefs.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary French, Organic, Afternoon Tea
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sat 5:30 pm–7:45 pm
  • Phone number
    (714) 266-3388
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Chef Tony Esnault
  • Catering
    Please call us directly at 714-266-3388 to go over catering options.
  • Private party facilities
    Please call us directly at 714-266-3388 to go over Private Dining options. Or email Stephanie@KnifePleat.com
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN 1 Star 2023
    2. MICHELIN 1 Star 2022
  • Neighborhood
    Costa Mesa
  • Cross street
    Sunflower Ave
  • Parking details
    Park on 5TH floor of North parking structure (by Nordstrom) for direct access.Look for signs for Knife Pleat.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 539 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

539 Reviews
  1. LindaB

    Los Angeles

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been to KP four times and it never disappoints. The food is excellent, staff is well trained and friendly. It’s just a pleasure eating at KP.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    24 reviews

    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Very disappointing service. Server was out of his depth. Missed details, poor descriptions, lack of follow through. Food was very good as usual. Very bad night here.

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  3. KuisineKueen

    Orange County

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We attended the Nowruz tasting menu dinner. Had read about it years back in the LA Times when it was held at the owners' restaurant in LA to celebrate the Persian New Year. One word: spectacular! From the dramatic opening course of caviar and accoutrements (served with champagne) to the finale of mignardise (saffron mini-macaron among them) it was an amazing culinary experience. OC is fortunate to have this caliber of cuisine and expertise, but it is worth the drive from anywhere...

    1 person found this helpful

  4. Karin

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a treat to say hello to Chef Tony and experience the food at Knife Pleat. Amazing as usual.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was perfect!

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  6. HarrietB

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dining experience. Food was delicious and service was superlative!

    1 person found this helpful

  7. Gilbert

    Los Angeles

    70 reviews

    3.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Second time at Knife Pleat for lunch, a bit disappointed, lobster salad @$36 had little lobster only lettuce in a lot of dressing, bread ordered arrived after 15-20 minutes my guest where not thrilled by the experience.

    1 person found this helpful

  8. RayD

    Las Vegas

    84 reviews

    4.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    March 2022 review - the Place is very nice, this was only lunch - i have to say for a michelin 1 star - i felt rushed ... food was coming way too fast, escargot was a little cold but maybe that was what they wanted , steak frites was excellent and their bread and butter superb - desert nice but nothing i could not have gotten at the bakery downstairs - the app for their menu was wonky (no prices ) so we had to get a paper menu - overall this is a solid place - Michelin ?? not so much - based on lunch i am hard pressed to pay the prices they want for dinner on a weekend but maybe will try again for a dinner during the week

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The most overpriced and underwhelming meal I’ve ever had. This was not Michelin star service. The food was OK, but the prix fix price of $245 was absurd. This was not fine dining. It’s about 3x overpriced.

    3 people found this helpful

  10. nickThefoodcritic

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had the tasting menu on 3/4/22. We had the caviar and then 6 courses. The caviar was good. The first three courses of the tasting menu was good. Then came the fish fillet, Dover Sole, rolled and steamed; it was not good; the rolling and streaming process somehow gave it a fish cake taste. There was no delicacy at all, the fish taste and aroma were completely lost. This dish was very poorly executed. Then came Wagyu from New Zealand. The meat had no marble at all, thus there was leathery chewy consistency to the meat. It was worse than the Ribeye from Costco I cooked at home. The food was not worthy of a one star Michelin restaurant. This was the third time we dined here, probably the last. Considering the price tag of $900 for two people, drinking just two glasses of wine, the value was definitely not there.

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  11. Robert

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Tasting Dinner with wine pairings Most of the dining experience was excellent and exciting. Especially memorable were the chef's small bites at the start. We only give 4 out of 5 stars because of a great miss on one of the menu items. Before we went to dine at Knife Pleat, we had learned that grass fed Wagyu beef is the Rolls Royce of beef, sweet, juicy, tender and delicious. We were disappointed when the Wagyu we were served was hard to cut and very difficult to chew (with excellent teeth!). Two different managers' explanations was not satifactory. We left most of it uneaten. The problem with the beef magnified other small issues: the menu from the website included caviar in the first course and Margaux was included on the wine pairing menu. Neither of these was served (caviar was available for an additional fee on a separate menu).

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  12. ClaudiaS

    Orange County

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I don’t remember having a meal more delicious or more beautifully presented, or a service more friendly or more perfect than my lunch with my son at Knife Pleat to celebrate his 16th birthday. I highly highly highly recommend this wonderful restaurant, recently awarded -with plenty of merit- a 1 Michelin Star. Our experience at Knife Pleat surpassed our highest expectations! Thank you, chef Tony Enault, Stephanie (restaurant manager), Horacio (our awesome server), the super nice hostess (who greeted my son with a warm smile and a heart-felt “Happy Birthday!”),and the entire super-friendly team at Knife Pleat. Thank you very much for the most unforgettable meal experience!

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  13. Bonnie

    Los Angeles

    68 reviews

    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous the food is outstanding the service is fabulous and the restaurant is truly beautiful it’s like going to Paris for dinner

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  14. Bonnie

    Los Angeles

    68 reviews

    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding as always

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  15. JaniceR

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful elegant environment, excellent food and attentive service. Love coming here for a relaxing lunch with friends, family or business. One of my favorite places!

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  16. RvdM

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great tasting menu, service and wine pairing. This is a great foodie restaurant.

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  17. Jami

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    I went for afternoon tea. The price was reasonable considering that tea can range pretty high. The service was a rollercoaster. We were ignored for a good chunk of time at the beginning of service that it did sour the experience.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Too many things were not up to par…

    1 person found this helpful

  19. RayH

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Rotating tasting menu highlighting seasonal ingredients with complex techniques makes the restaurant a worthwhile repeat visit destination

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a nice lunch for a friend’s birthday! Great ambiance and food. Had the specials of the day, truffle Brie and lemon tart.

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  21. Mandy

    Orange County

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience. Food was perfectly and thoughtfully prepared. Wine was outstanding ( we picked 2 off the menu, didn’t do the wine pairing) will most definitely return!

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  22. AndyS

    Orange County

    541 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    541 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The 3 course midweek tasting menu was outstanding in every way! The attention to detail in preparation and plating is always impressive and each course was delicious. I can't say enough about the exceptional cuisine, service and hospitality at Knife Pleat. I highly recommend this culinary destination and look forward to returning as soon as possible.

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  23. MelisaS

    Orange County

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exquisite dining in a wonderfully comfortable atmosphere. Each item ordered was delectable and expertly prepared and presented. Such a treat❤️

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  24. Aggie57

    New York City

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent, wonderful flavours and beautifully presented. Of course it's not cheap but you know that going in and frankly it's worth the cost for special occassions.

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  25. MariaG

    St. Louis

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is a great place to experience a fine meal. Especially if you are celebrating a special occasion.

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  26. newby

    Orange County

    194 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    194 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I enjoyed the food immensely. This is an exquisite restaurant which explains why it has a Michelin star which is well deserved. The 3 course pre fixe was great. The dessert was fabulous. This is a great place for those who appreciate great food at a reasonable price.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food. Yes the two of us ordered four desserts (one to go) :)

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always fantastic

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  29. KuisineKueen

    Orange County

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Took a friend for a late Friday lunch and belated birthday and to try the Lunar New Year specials. Place was buzzing--one of the best spots in OC for elevated dining and people watching. Everything was truly perfection. The soft tofu LNY appetizer was a work of art and delicious with the delicate broth poured over. Same with the fish stew entree. The menu du jour entree was amazing--chicken was perfectly cooked, flavorful and beautifully plated. Generous portions--something you don't always see in French restaurants. The Lunar New Year dessert was beautiful and light--looked like a red gift box! Talented pastry chef. Superb service. Great to see the owners--Yassmin and chef Tony--on the floor checking with guests. All the management team is personable. Knife Pleat is an experience; if you want to impress someone, this is the place!

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  30. LindaA

    Orange County

    50 reviews

    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an early Valentine’s and it was superb!

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  31. Beme

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice restaurant. Food was just okay- nothing eye opening.

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  32. DanielW

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing to say the least!!!!

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  33. ChristyH

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was impeccable but the open kitchen and floor plan was unexpected loud and busy for such a nice restaurant.

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  34. sarahyeeha

    Orange County

    54 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Caviar was delicious. Weekday pre-frixe was a good price $135 and portions were generous. With all of the extra dishes from chef, we were stuffed. Service was excellent. Overall, a fine dining experience with lovely staff. Would definitely return to try their Saturday afternoon tea service!

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  35. cindyk

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service and food were excellent . I would go back again

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  36. LuvDebe

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for afternoon tea and the experience was beyond our expectations. The food was delicious and there were plenty of good tea selections. Service was impeccable.

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  37. Laveevee4u

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went here for a birthday celebration and it did not disappoint! All servers were attentive and knew the menu and drinks very well. I loved the ambience and how cozy and romantic everything was. At the end of the meal, the chefs walked around and asked how everything was so I thought that was really personable. Would definitely recommend for any special occasion.

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  38. Eats

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic! Wonderful, friendly service with simply beautiful food.

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  39. AndyS

    Orange County

    541 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    541 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Knife Pleat continues to reach for new heights with every meal. The new weeknight tasting menu is a wonderful experience with several choices within each of the three courses. A new surprise this visit was the addition of an amuse bouche - a smoked beet tartare served under glass on a bed of colorful beet dust. It was an impressive start to the meal and really set the tone for things to come. Chef Tony Esnault is a master of bringing out the best flavors in vegetables. A black and white salad with perfectly squared lettuce greens and black truffles was presented with apple, walnut and Parmesan dressed with a light and flavorful vinaigrette. The broccolini soup was prepared tableside over a garnish of beautifully cut baby turnip, broccoli flower and lemon curry. The wine list is carefully curated to offer a variety of compelling pairings with the cuisine, and the list of craft cocktails is equally impressive. Service, as always, is friendly and professional. Although Knife Pleat recently received the coveted Michelin Star, it is obvious they are not resting on their laurels, but continuing to evolve and push themselves to the next level. I look forward to returning as soon as possible.

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  40. HappytoReview

    Orange County

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful first experience at Knife Pleat

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Knife Pleat offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (714) 266-3388.

Knife Pleat is rated 4.6 stars by 539 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Knife Pleat

3333 Bristol St, South Coast Plaza Ste 3001, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN 1 Star 2023
    2. MICHELIN 1 Star 2022
  • Cross street
    Sunflower Ave
  • Neighborhood
    Costa Mesa
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sat 5:30 pm–7:45 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary French, Organic, Afternoon Tea
  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Park on 5TH floor of North parking structure (by Nordstrom) for direct access.Look for signs for Knife Pleat.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Chef Tony Esnault
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (714) 266-3388
  • Catering
    Please call us directly at 714-266-3388 to go over catering options.
  • Private party facilities
    Please call us directly at 714-266-3388 to go over Private Dining options. Or email Stephanie@KnifePleat.com
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